Definition of Adonic in English:

Adonic

(also adonic)

noun

Ancient Greek Prosody Latin Prosody Prosody
  • A metre consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee; a verse or line written in this metre.

adjective

Ancient Greek Prosody Prosody Latin Prosody
  • Of a verse or line: written in a metre consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Gabriel Harvey (c1552–1631), scholar and writer. From post-classical Latin Adonicus from classical Latin Adōnis, the name of Adonis + -icus, after e.g. classical Latin Sapphicus Sapphic; apparently so called as originally used in lamentations for Adonis; compare Sappho Fragment 168 ὦ τὸν Ἄδωνιν ‘O Adonis’, an example of this metre.

Pronunciation:

Adonic

/əˈdəʊnɪk/